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Thompson Fire Erupts North of Jemez Springs

on May 31, 2013 - 6:14pm

Photo by Khal Spencer

NMFI News:

Firefighters are battling the Thompson Fire, which erupted at 2:40 p.m. today north of Jemez Springs. 

The fire started on private land and has burned onto some federal forest service property.

Crews report fire is creeping along the ground with occasional tree torching. Sandoval County VFDs, USFS engines on scene. Unknown number of homes in the area have been evacuated. It is not known how many people have been evacuated from these homes.


Start Date & Time:  5/31/13 @ 2:40 p.m.

Start Location: Jemez Springs, Thompson Ridge area

Cause of Fire: Tree

Tres Lagunas Fire Now Visible From Los Alamos

on May 31, 2013 - 12:13pm

Tres Lagunas Fire visible this afternoon from a vantage point near the Los Alamos Cooperative Market. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Tres Lagunas Fire Information

on May 30, 2013 - 9:52pm


Incident Name: Tres Lagunas Fire

Start Date: May 30, 2013

Start Location: 10 miles north of Pecos, NM

Cause of Fire: Downed Powerline

Area Vegetation: Ponderosa Pine

Acres Burned: 500+

Ownership: Private

Structures Threatened: yes (unknown number)

Structures Burned: None

Evacuations (Y or N & #): yes, for structures north of the fire area – unknown number of structures

Situation: The fire is approximately one mile west of the Community of Tres Lagunas

Percent Contained: 0 percent

Temperature: 78

Relative Humidity: 24 percent

Wind Speeds: 24 MPH


Driver Inhaling Fumes Careens Into Canyon

on May 27, 2013 - 12:01pm

The driver of the pickup seen in the middle of this photo was reportedly inhaling fumes from an aerosol can prior to careening into the canyon near the Los Alamos Baptist Church (in background) on Diamond Drive. Photo Courtesy Wayne Hardie


Los Alamos Daily Post
  • Four traffic accidents occurred around Los Alamos Sunday

The driver of a pickup was seen swerving on Los Alamos streets some five minutes before he veered onto the sidewalk along Diamond Drive and drove approximately 100 feet before crashing through a fence and careening more than 50 feet into Pueblo Canyon

Fire Department Admin Moves to 999 Central

on May 26, 2013 - 10:08am

Workers fill a truck with file cabinets and office furniture from Los Alamos Fire Department Administration Friday to transport to its new headquarters at 999 Central Ave. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

LAFD News:

LAFD's new administration headquarters at 999 Central Ave.

Staff in the Los Alamos Fire Department’s Administration Office have begun moving from the TRK Building on East Road to LAFD's new offices at 999 Central Ave. Suite 200.

The move should be completed by June 3. Telephone numbers and e-mail addresses for LAFD personnel will remain the same.


SFNF; Valles Caldera in Stage I Fire Restrictions

on May 25, 2013 - 7:24am

USFS News:

Despite recent scattered rain showers, the Santa Fe National Forest and Valles Caldera National Preserve entered Stage 1 fire restrictions at 8 a.m.Tuesday, May 14, due to extreme/exceptional drought conditions and high fire danger.

The Pecos Wilderness and San Pedro Parks Wilderness areas are exempt from Stage I fire restrictions. Devices solely fueled by liquid petroleum or LPG fuel that can be turned on and off are allowed in areas that are barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within three feet of the device.

During Stage I fire restrictions,

Destructive Dirt Funnel Above Barranca School

on May 22, 2013 - 10:17pm

The destructive dirt funnel as it traveled above Barranca Mesa Elementary School today was captured on camera by a local citizen. The fierce wind ripped the roof off the school's gymnasium and dropped it on the library and playground area. Fortunately, the school was on its regular half-day Wednesdays so most children had left the campus. No one was injured in the event. Courtesy photo

Classes Canceled Thursday and Friday at Barranca

on May 22, 2013 - 3:56pm

Today's strong wind bent this light pole and traffic sign in the parking lot at Barranca School. Photo by Janine Morales/YMCA

LAPS News:

Superintendent Gene Schmidt has officially announced that classes are canceled both Thursday and Friday at Barranca Mesa Elementary School due to damage caused by this afternoon's severe wind.

Family YMCA Executive Director Linda Daly has announced that the Y After School Program at Barranca is canceled Thursday and Friday as well.

The Los Alamos Daily Post will publish photos taken at the scene of the wind damage later today.


LAPS Superintendent: Huge Amount of Wind Energy Peeled Roof Off Barranca Gymnasium

on May 22, 2013 - 3:08pm

An incredibly strong 'wind event' peeled the roof off the gymnasium at Barranca Mesa Elementary School a short while ago today. Photo by Ryn Hermmann


Los Alamos Daily Post
LAPS Superintendent Gene Schmidt, speaking atop the roof area at Barranca Mesa Elementary School just moments ago, confirmed to the Los Alamos Daily Post that no one was hurt despite massive damage from wind at the school today.
"This was a wind event that peeled off the gymnasium roof and laid it over on top of the library and playground of the preschool area," Schmidt said.

Breaking News: No Injuries as Wind Damages Barranca Elementary Roof

on May 22, 2013 - 2:06pm


Early reports indicate that severe wind damaged a portion of the roof in the 200 wing at Barranca Mesa Elementary School a short time ago.

There have been no injuries reported. Emergency responders are on scene as is Superintendent Gene Schmidt.

The Family YMCA After School Program has been canceled for today.

Check back for more details and photos from this developing story.

Roof damaged from wind today at Barranca Mesa Elementary School - no injuries reported. Courtesy/Gene Schmidt

A window was shattered on this car in the parking lot at Barranca Mesa Elementary

One Injury Reported in Three Car Accident on Truck Route

on May 15, 2013 - 4:18pm
Two of the three cars involved in today's truck route accident. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Staff Report

At approximately 2:45 p.m. today, three cars were involved in a traffic collision on the truck route across from the Los Alamos National Laboratory shooting range. 

Nichole Stafford, driver of a white Altima sedan reported to the Los Alamos Daily Post that she was heading east bound on the truck route when a car in front of her was preparing to turn left into the area of the shooting range.


County Cautions of Extreme Wildfire Threat

on May 14, 2013 - 7:44pm


Extremely dangerous fire conditions exist throughout the area and the Community is urged to take immediate notice!

Monday afternoon Los Alamos County Fire Department responded to reports of a small fire in Pueblo Canyon along North Road. The fire was quickly contained; however, LAFD believes the fire was manmade based on eyewitness reports and evidence at the scene.

A group of teens was seen in the area prior to the start of the fire and LAFD believes they may have been involved.

Several similar incidents that have occurred in the last three months have LAFD greatly

Dozen LAFD Employees Earn AAS Fire Science Degrees From UNM-LA

on May 14, 2013 - 10:58am

Twelve Los Alamos County Fire Department employees recently earned AAS degrees in Fire Science from UNM-LA including Christopher Bartlett, Colorado Cordova, Gerard Coriz, Jaden Eads, Kevin Kamplain, Aaron McNiff, Colin O’Connell, Allen Quintana, Jeff Saiz, Ben Stone, Glenn Trehern (not picture) and Jeffrey Wetteland. Pictured with the graduates is LAFD Capt. Joseph Candelaria who heads the Fire Science program at UNM-LA. Courtesy/LAC

Forest & VCNP Enter Stage I Fire Restrictions Tuesday

on May 13, 2013 - 9:33am

Smokey Bear. Courtesy/SFNS

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Despite recent scattered rain showers, the Santa Fe National Forest and Valles Caldera National Preserve will enter Stage 1 fire restrictions at 8 a.m. Tuesday due to extreme/exceptional drought conditions and high fire danger.


The Pecos Wilderness and San Pedro Parks Wilderness areas are exempt from Stage I fire restrictions. Devices solely fueled by liquid petroleum or LPG fuel that can be turned on and off are allowed in areas that are barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within three feet of the device.


ALERT: Los Alamos County Moves Under Stage I Fire Restrictions

on May 9, 2013 - 10:04am


Effective immediately, and in concert with the New Mexico Forestry Division, Los Alamos County is under Stage I Fire Restrictions.

The following acts are prohibited until further notice:

  • Building, maintaining, attending or using an open fire, campfire, charcoal or wood stove on all Los Alamos County lands. (See Exemption 1 below)
  • Smoking is prohibited except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least 3-feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.

Stage I Exemptions:

  • Developed

Non Life Threatening Crash on Truck Route Monday

on May 7, 2013 - 10:31am
Non life threatening injuries were sustained by a driver during a two vehicle crash at the bottom of the truck route near N.M. 4 at 5:30 p.m. Monday. The cause of the crash is under investigation. Photo by Greg Kendall/

One of two vehicles involved in Monday's crash on the truck route. Photo by Greg Kendall/

One of the two cars involved in Monday's crash. Damage can be seen in the back bumper area. The driver of this car was taken to Los Alamos Medical Center with non life threating injuries. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Arson Awareness Week: Residential Arson

on May 6, 2013 - 10:21am

LAFD News:

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has designated Reducing Residential Arson as the theme for the 2013 Arson Awareness Week, running May 5-11.

USFA is working with federal and private sector partners to arm residents and property managers with tools to reduce the likelihood and effects of arson (PDF, 3 Mb.)

“According to the USFA's National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) during 2008-2010, an estimated 16,800 intentionally set fires in residential buildings occurred annually in the United States.

Wildfire Danger Faced by Residents of New Mexico and Arizona

on May 2, 2013 - 10:47am
SFI News:
Just released maps regarding the wildfire outlook in New Mexico and Arizona speak loud and clear that this is a dangerous time of the year.
State Farm Insurance has issued the following safety tips and a video showing the impact that mitigation measures can have- from Last year’s Colorado fire.
Safety Tips:

Plan Ahead

Good wildfire planning begins long before a fire occurs. Help ensure your family’s safety by installing and maintaining smoke alarms and fire extinguishers in your home.

Los Alamos Firefighters Cook For Auction Winners

on April 25, 2013 - 12:43pm

Members of the Los Alamos Daily Post news team join Los Alamos Firefighters at Station 3 in White Rock for a lasagna dinner Wednesday. The news team from left, Bonnie Gordon, Greg Kendall, Karen Kendall and Kirsten Laskey together with Zia Realty Group owner James Chrobocinski and his family Jacqueline and JJ, successfully bid on the dinner during the Rotary Club's Crab Fest fundraiser in February. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

JJ Chrobocinski, 6. chats with AFF Local 3279 Vice President Danny Archuleta. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

JJ Chrobocinski, 6, with his mom

What is the Red Flag Warning Program and What Does It Mean?

on April 11, 2013 - 7:25am



A Red Flag Warning is issued by National Weather Service (NWS) to call attention to critical weather conditions that may result in extreme fire behavior.

Critical weather conditions include: sustained winds, low relative humidity, high temperatures and high fire danger. A combination of any of these conditions must occur simultaneously for three or more hours across any portion of a fire weather zone.


A red flag will be flown only when the NWS has issued a

LANL: Protecting Lab Land and the Creatures That Inhabit It

on April 3, 2013 - 11:10am

Mexican Spotted Owls live on Lab property. Courtesy/LANL


LANL Connections from the Community Programs Office:

The Los Alamos National Laboratory must protect areas where threatened and endangered species nest each spring.

As a result, fire mitigation work with heavy equipment stopped March 1, and the ban may not be lifted until May 15.

If wildlife surveys indicate sensitive species in canyons and adjacent areas, restrictions could remain in effect through Aug. 31.

While Lab property is home to the Southwestern Willow Flycatcher, of more concern is the Mexican Spotted Owl, which is more

Vote Today to Help Local Couple Win Dream Wedding

on April 3, 2013 - 10:55am
Local couple Chris Rondeau and Jeanette Trujillo are vying to win a New Mexico dream wedding while raising money for UNM Children's Hospital. Courtesy photo
Staff report

Go online today to vote for Los Alamos’ contestants in New Mexico Dream Wedding, Jeanette Trujillo and Chris Rondeau, a fund raising event for UNM Children's Hospital. Voting ends at midnight today.

Visit to vote and help the couple win a dream wedding.

The winner of the $50,000 Dream Wedding will be announced at 7 p.m.

Smokey the Bear Visits Wildfire 2013 Event at Fuller Lodge

on March 31, 2013 - 8:28am

Smokey the Bear greets guests at the Wildfire 2013 event at Fuller Lodgen Saturday. Photo by Karen Kendall/

Staff report

Community members turned out for Saturday's Wildfire 2013 event at Fuller Lodge.

The Los Alamos Fire Department sponsored the annual event in partnership with several local agencies including the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Valles Caldera National Preserve, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos County Emergency Management, Interagency Wildfire Management Team and National Weather Service.

The purpose of the event was to educate the


Arson Investigators Delve into Shed Fire in White Rock

on March 31, 2013 - 8:13am

Los Alamos Firefighters responded to a shed fire at a home on Carlsbad in White Rock Saturday. Arson investigators were called in to determine the cause of the suspicious fire. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Breaking News: Gas Leak at Piedra Loop and Sherwood

on March 18, 2013 - 11:51am

Crews are in the process of repairing a ruptured gas line at Piedra Loop and Sherwood Boulevard in White Rock. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Staff report

Contractors and Los Alamos County staff were digging at Piedra Loop and Sherwood Boulevard in White Rock when a gas main was ruptured and police and fire department staff were called to the scene.

The situation has been contained. Firefighters with the Los Alamos Fire Department are standing by in case of emergency, but at this time the gas has not ignited.

The intersection is currently closed.

The Los Alamos Police